Sherman compares Carroll to Harbaugh

September, 12, 2013
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RENTON, Wash. -- Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman gave his take on the personality differences of San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh and Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll.

[+] EnlargePete Carroll and Jim Harbaugh
AP Photo/Ben MargotJim Harbaugh (old school) and Pete Carroll (positive) have different coaching styles says Richard Sherman, who has played for both.
In Sherman’s view, one is old school like Alabama legend Bear Bryant; the other is more a modern style, positive-reinforcement guy.

Sherman should know. He played for Harbaugh at Stanford before joining the Seahawks and seeing Carroll’s approach.

“I think they are two different sides of the sphere,” Sherman said Thursday. “Pete is energetic, fun, positive, positive, positive. And Jim is more of stern, it’s going to be this way. He’s old-school coach, like Bear Bryant and those guys that preached discipline. They [Harbaugh and Carroll] are just cut from different molds.”

Sherman started his Stanford career as a wide receiver, but moved to cornerback his junior year. Sherman was asked which coaching style motivates him the most.

“I’m self-motivated, but I like Pete’s approach because it’s always positive," Sherman said. "Win, lose or draw, he’s going to find the positives in it.

“No player loves to be dog-cussed. There’s some hard coaching here, but Pete does it in a way where nobody screams, nobody yells, everybody has a positive mindset. Pete tries to pull a good message out of every game, regardless if you feel like you played the worst game of your life. As a player, you can’t help but love that.”

Terry Blount

ESPN Seattle Seahawks reporter

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